Controversial protest: No charges for man seen standing on, possibly burning flag in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE — FOX6 News has learned there will be no criminal charges filed against a man caught on camera standing on an American flag that was later seen burning outside the Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee on November 10th.

According to officials with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office told FOX6 News a decision was made not to charge Corey Kirkwood criminally — but this case was referred to the city of Milwaukee for consideration of a citation.

During the November Republican presidential debate — hundreds took to the streets of downtown Milwaukee — protesting in support of a number of different issues.

Protests in Milwaukee during GOP debate

Protests in Milwaukee during GOP debate

After the debate, it was one small group getting the most attention.

Corey Kirkwood protesting during GOP debate

Corey Kirkwood protesting during GOP debate

Corey Kirkwood spoke with FOX6 News about the allegations against him.

“I was basically displaying my First Amendment right. I didn’t ever put anything on fire down at the convention,” Kirkwood said.

Kirkwood stepped on the American flag, and laid next to it while it was on fire.

But he says he’s not the one who lit it up.

“I had my freedom of speech to stand on that flag, to lay next to that flag that was burning,” Kirkwood said.

Corey Kirkwood standing on American flag

Corey Kirkwood standing on American flag

Two days after the convention, talk show host Vicki McKenna from News/Talk 1130 shared video that shows Kirkwood setting a flag on fire and shouting obscenities as people pass by.

New video shows Corey Kirkwood lighting up an American flag

New video shows Corey Kirkwood lighting up an American flag

Kirkwood told FOX6 News it’s definitely him in that video — but he insisted the flag he lit up isn’t the same flag shrouded in controversy after the convention.

“This particular character attempts to cause trouble every time he goes to a demonstration. We protected his right to be an (expletive),” Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said.

The flag that was burned during the convention was taken by police and folded ceremoniously before it was put away as evidence.

“I think they did that flag proud and this police department proud just as officers did who first extinguished it and rescued it. Setting fire to a flag is protected speech. The challenge is what’s the venue in which you choose to do that? I would assert setting fire to something in the middle of a crowd of people is an inherently dangerous act,” Chief Flynn said.

Milwaukee police officers fold burned flag

Milwaukee police officers fold burned flag

 

Corey Kirkwood

Corey Kirkwood

“I’m not running from no one. I didn’t do nothing wrong,” Kirkwood said.

After this incident, Kirkwood said he was being harassed by police, and was considering a lawsuit.

Police brought up an arson conviction Kirkwood had in his past — and he admitted to that, but said that incident is behind him.

American flag burns during protests during GOP debate in Milwaukee

American flag burns during protests during GOP debate in Milwaukee

5 comments

  • imcrazy

    He is another example of trying to take the right to speak from supporters of Trump. Him and the illegal immigrants in the other picture posted. I’ll bet he wouldn’t burn a flag from Mexico among that crowd. Protest for change in Mexico and earn some respect from Americans!!

  • Z

    By the way, I would bet the only reason there are no charges being brought against this human turd is because he is black.

    Simply put, the dumb monkey would cry racism immediately and try to call as much attention to how he is such a victim.

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